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of the new president >> see what is happening this instant -- from the raleigh eyewitness news center, abc 11 eyewitness news at 5:30 starts right now. joel: hi, everyone. i'm joel brown. anna: and i'm anna laurel. a pair of teenage boys charged with damage to a house. joel: our reporter joins us live jail. greg? greg: yeah, good afternoon, guys. this has to be one of the worst times when they have to sit and listen as a judge told their young children how much jail
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eric mcleish made his first appearance at the cumberland county jail. he is one of the teens charged with trashing this house. light fixtures ripped out, holes punched into the wall, doors and stair rails ripped apart, water faucets turned on. and what the judge -- when the judge told the 16-year-old he could face years in prison, his mother -- you asked we not show her face or username -- was devastated. >> he is a little boys soon.
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greg: her son had been for bitten from hang around with ryan alexander parker. -- her son had been forbidden from hanging around with ryan alexander parker. he is the second suspect. eric remains under a $15,000 secured bond, while alexander park was released into the custody of his mother and hour and a half ago. he has a first appearance of the court detention center tomorrow afternoon. greg barnes, abc 11 eyewitness news. anna: you can understand why that mother is so upset. tonight, the naacp demands transparency. they have asked for any and all records regarding the hiring of margaret spelling as the unc system president.
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heather: -- anthony: they are demanding all of the records related to hiring margaret spelling. this letter calls spelling and unqualified political operative. they accused the board members of violating the open meetings law when they desired to dismiss roth and replace him with spelling. >> she wants to turn our education system into a for-profit system. and i have grown into a realistic person because of my education at unc. >> margaret spelling talks about students as customers.
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this is indicative of the ideology she holds that education is a private thing and not a public thing. anthony: lawyers want those documents before march 4. that is when spelling is set to be sworn in asasresident of the system. if they do not, they may sue. reporting from chapel hill, anthony wilson, abc 11 eyewitness news. joel: anthony, thank you. now to the guilty verdict in colorado today for the woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and stealing her baby. the attack happened last march. the victim grew up near north carolina. she was responding to a craigslist ad. she was attacked. her baby was taken, and the mother was left for dead. a jury found her guilty of attempted first-degree murder.
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prison. anna: the unc system pushing back against a federal lawsuit. all 16 of the system fell
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taught -- touched a drop of alcohol. joel: thank you. now to an update on that 106-year-old grandmother who became an internet celebrity overnight. virginia mclaurin says she can die happy after meeting president obama and the first lady at the white house. video of her dancing and excitement quickly went viral. she says that her telephone has been ringing off the hook. she will be celebrating her 107th birthday in a couple of weeks. she had the expepeence of a lifetime. anna: she got a dance party. joel: really. at 107. in the meantime, a recall of popular candy bars in 55 countries.
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and this is an update on a family of five inside when this happened -- reporter: they are hoping the city of the room will get behind bicycle boulevard. what the plans may be, coming up. joel: we will get to use in, stephanie. here is what is coming up at 6:00. tisha: getting ready to take action against a charlotte city council. the reaction against the controversial lgbt ordnance vote.
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and help ajoel: 20 million vehicles have been recalled over those takata airbags. now auto safety regulators are debating whether to recall in additional 70 million to 90 million cars with takata airbag inflator since i because they can explode. and regulators are raising concerns about the amount of ammonium nitrate used in takata airbags. the move could cost the company billions of dollars and slow down and already arduous replacement process. anna: a consumer alert regarding candy bars. chocolate maker mars is recalling candy bars and other programs in 55 countries. plastic found in the product could lead to joking. the affected products are mars, milky way, celebrations, and
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the recall only involves product made in the netherlands. the recall is not in the united states. it has been a fixture on the outer banks for decades. joel: but now work begins to
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anna: all right, we have breaking news. in messy commute just gets messier. looking at i-40 near gorman. the cars we see our westmount. the eastbound side, we had a carrier flip on his side, causing major backups and delays. it's already a very tight spot
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commute. we will zoom in over the eastbound side, again, a tractor-trailer over on his side. it looks like one lane, maybe two blocked right now. there is that truck, the trailer part of it on its side. crews are there. we will stay on this. be careful out there. now to a story making headlines across the state. crashing into a home with a family of five inside. joel: and the museum preparing for a hiring split -- a hiring blitz. in an update on the bridge. anna: take a look. debris fell on the home that they were renting. a man, his wife, and three children were inside, but not hurt. the tree ripped down power lines. the area. steady rain, but it's not clear if that had anything
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but is not clear if it had anything to do with this. at joel: -- joel: this weekend, they are hoping to the more than 8000 vacancies including entertainment, security, and lifeguards. the job fair is on saturday from 1:00 until 5:00 at the park in charlotte. anna: also happening now -- preliminary work underway on the replacement for the bridge on the outer banks. contractors will get the area at the south end of the bridge ready by clearing vegetation on both sides of highway 12. construction of the three and a half mile structure is expected to start in march and take about three years to complete. joel: a big debate over gml's. if you knew html mosquito could
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would you be for it? -- a big debate over gtmo's. anna: they have found a way to combat the mosquitoes and they are doing it by genetically modifying them. they are genetically modified with antiviral genes. instead of trying to kill off mosquitoes carrying the zika virus in south america, there is another way. >> if the insect is present in high levels, it's very hard to prevent the outbreak. ok, we will not eradicate it, but we will change something. anna: the entomology professor is part of a team trying to create an antiviral gene through the insect population. they have to find just the right movement -- moment to get into
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>> and you can show mathematically this will spread through the population. >> a release of only male mosquitoes. they will meet with the wild females and pass it on to their offspring. anna: she is trying to create antiviral mosquitoes, generation after generation. i ask her about the worry of creating a superbug. >> eventually, over several generations, you will be back to your normal mosquito. anna: and they say the benefits of the insects -- >> it transmits different encephalitis viruses. the technique that creates this can be applied to other mosquito species. anna: a group of people all over the world are meeting at state
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research in gmo's is uncovering. joel: chris hohmann is joining us now. calm and dreary, but tomorrow things could be severe? chris: that's right. it's not going to be a huge disaster by any stretch, but be prepared just in case. it is quiet now. just a little bit of rain on first alert doppler xp on the coastal plain. that will be the story for the evening hours. visibility is ok, not overcast. you can't get severe weather when it is that cool. but that will change big-time by midday. humidity 97%. warmer air, and already in the 60's along cape hatteras.
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remember we had snow and ice on monday and severe weather on tuesday? not as dramatic a change, but we will be well into the 60's and 70's. we will be surging into the 60's and 70's by mid to late afternoon. just clouds and patches of rain and drizzle. this is the troublemaker now. we have a surface low over the gulf coast. we are getting hammered from jackson to hattiesburg, lake punch a train to new orleans. all the purples there are tornado warnings, southern mississippi, north of new orleans. numerous tornado warnings. the risk of severe weather shifts to the east coast tomorrow. the highest risk -- the enhanced level -- this is the third from
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potentially a few tornadoes, too. we mentioned this yesterday. these lines that you see our lines of heat will bear a metric pressure -- these lines you see our lines of equal barometric pressure. for us, this is 8:00. do not think it will be a severe weather event. it is this line that comes through very quickly through the early afternoon that has the potential of damaging winds and tornadoes. if a warning is issued, you need to take cover quickly if you can. a secondary line could come through in the evening hours. probably not as intense, but you could have some gusty winds. the pressure at the coast means it is windy. thursday will be a windy day. wind advisory in effect tomorrow.
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tomorrow. keep it here, and we will guide you through it. and enjoy the cool, but quite weekend. anna: thanks, chris. bikers steve: today is your lucky day. woman: (surprised) oh, my goodness mark: you've just won - a thousand dollars! woman: that's amazing! that's amazing! (shrieks) woman: ok, nice job. mark, way better than yesterday. maria, that delivery felt a little forced. and steve, steve: yeah? woman: i am still missing that raw emotion. woman: pretty awesome for a tuesday, but tomorrow is hump day, so let's really bring it! lucky for life. win a thousand dollars a day,
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are, but have you ever heard of
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anna: one group is pitching for them, getting bike riders up the main street and onto residential ones. what they are and what they could mean for you. reporter: it could look a lot different if the city of durham gets behind icicle boulevard. >> i thought, oh, my god, they will shut down the street to cars? and that's exactly not what it is. reporter: he says it is simply prioritizing the residential streets for bike use by using bike permeable barriers. >> which are barriers were by can have continuous passage on a mile-long stretch, but cars would have to diver off, maybe only go a third of that way. >> i think it's a fantastic idea because there are so many bikers here and there's no real road for them to get to the downtown area. >> i think it will have the added benefit of slowing traffic down.
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reporter: and he says it would help grow the workforce. >> we have employees, people who love being outdoors and physical in that kind of thing. having an active bicycle boulevard network would make it very attractive for that particular demographic. reporter: the city of durham is looking into how a network of bike boulevards could fit into a plan as they began the month-long process of a redesign for the city next month. he showed us what he envisions for the model. >> we would have cars and bikes on the right side, one way north, and on the left you have the contraflow lane. and then there would be another row of parking. reporter: plans for actual bike boulevards are a long way away, but the first model may be there
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stephanie lopez, abc 11 eyewitness news. joel: stephanie, thank you. an interesting idea. anna: what is coming up at 6:00? tisha: not on their watch. steve: congressional leaders on president obama's plans to shut down guantanamo bay. while critics are objecting tonight. tisha: and the controversial lgbt ordinance passing charlotte.
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raleigh police union are>> see what is happening this instant --abc 11 eyewitness news at 6:00 starts right now. tisha: a potentially dangerous storm system makes a be link for north carolina. good evening. i'm tisha powell. -- makes a beeline for north carolina. steve: and i'm steve daniels. take a look at this. this is in new orleans. governor mccrory says rescue teams are on standby in preparation for the storm. tisha: chris hohmann is tracking it in the first alert storm system.
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chris: tomorrow afternoon you want to be on guard for potential severe weather, the first threat of it of the year, so far. a few harmless showers along the coastal plains, drizzle another spots. no worries with that, even overnight. you do not need to worry about storms waking you up. this is the good news. it will be happening potentially -- if it happens -- during the daylight hours. and you can state an outbreak of severe weather. these are warnings and southern mississippi and north of lake concert train, numerous -- lake concert train, numerous warnings. now we do not get into the moderate risk that often. right now we are a below that.

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